Guerlain Christmas 2014 – Petrouchka Eye and Blush Palette

Inside the rather forbidding oversize lacquered black packaging of the Petrouchka Eye & Blush Palette sits an incredibly pretty compact:

Fastened with a red silk bow inspired by the ballerinas who in their turn inspired the scent of Coque D’or, the palette is very pretty indeed.  Again following the red and gold theme of this year’s Guerlain Christmas even the accessories are themed:

Inside the palette are five shades of metallic eyeshadows and four shades of blush:

Firstly, a closer look at the shadows:

From the top we have a metallic wheat shade, a pale gold, a light copper, a deep bronze, and a chocolate brown. The bottom three are deeply pigmented and buttery soft – almost creamy – when applied, but the two lighter shades have a slightly lighter colour pay-off, and I found them a little scratchier (and patchier) to apply:

That said, if you’re a warmer-toned individual than I am, this is an incredibly versatile and beautiful collection of shades.  Just be aware you’ll need to work harder with the lighter colours when applying.

Below the eyedshadows, we have four blush shades, two warmer (at the bottom) and two cooler at the top.  They swatch quite well, I’ve generally found the Guerlain blush formula quite hard and difficult to work with, but these are a nice texture:

Clockwise from top left there’s a pale pink, a deep rose, a versatile coral, and a tawny peach,  This should cover quite a variety of skin tones – personally, I tend to tone my blusher along the lines of whatever lipstick I’m wearing that day – cool cheeks with cool lips, and warm cheeks with warm lips, so this is quite versatile.

I like that they’ve not wasted space in the palette itself for the (pretty but rather useless, as always) tools, every inch of the palette space is used for colour, and the tools are kept in the velvet slipcase, which fits both the palette and the tools very well.

If you’re a Guerlain completist (and I freely admit I am), this isn’t quite as good as the Liu collection from two years ago (which I’m still kicking myself for not picking up at the time, believe you me), but it’s a million times better than the Crazy Paris eye palette of 2013.

Anything caught your eye?

The Fine Print: Products featured this week are a mixture of PR Samples and private purchases.

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